Corporations can toss huge spectacular numbers at you, however typically it’s placing these numbers in context that basically makes them stand out. In 2019, greater than 257 million PS4 video games had been offered. That’s 257,000,000. It’s a giant quantity for PS4 software program gross sales, however simply how huge is it? Breaking it all the way down to common every day gross sales, that’s about 704,000 PS4 video games offered day-after-day, and additional distilling that quantity averages out to eight.15 PS4 video games offered each second in 2019. And but, that solely added as much as Sony’s second-best 12 months. That quantity was even larger in 2018 at about eight.84 per second (accounting for whole software program gross sales of 279 million in the identical 12 months).
PS4 2019 video games gross sales had been additionally the second-highest ever software program sell-through for any platform in recorded console historical past. As for software program sell-in (offered to retailers however not essentially to customers), the PS2 and PS4 dominate the highest seven spots for highest yearly software program gross sales, and solely the Nintendo DS and Wii handle to crack into the highest 10 (PS1’s 1999 sits at quantity 9). The PS4 software program gross sales numbers do exclude “download-only software program titles,” so estimates may put these numbers even larger if devoted PSN video games had been factored in.
Whereas whole software program gross sales might have been down barely in 2019, the whole sell-through of digital software program continued to rise year-over-year. Not together with digital-only titles that didn’t additionally launch at retail, digital software program gross sales rose to 109.eight million in 2019, up from 93.1 million in 2018. Digital software program gross sales had been a giant contributor to Sony incomes greater than $12 billion in income via the PlayStation Community, its second-biggest 12 months, which additionally partially consisted of a continued rise in income from subscription providers (PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now). It was additionally Sony’s second-biggest 12 months for PS4 hardware gross sales, dipping barely from its peak in 2018.
Sale starting to say no is all a part of the console cycle as Sony readies itself for the PS5 launch date in vacation 2020. A model new PS5 web site simply went stay at present, however Sony isn’t fairly prepared for a full PlayStation 5 reveal simply but. Sony additionally hasn’t finalized a PS5 value, ready for Xbox Collection X pricing so as to decide how a lot it might afford to undercut the Microsoft console.